From the email,
Here are some questions I'm curious about . . .
1) Who was taking pictures of you? How many did they take? Where and when were they taking them? What rank/position Koreans were present?
2) Do you think you could have refused to let them take pics of you?
3) What time do they make you wake up? Is there a wake up time and a curfew?
4) Has the medical treatment been up to par? As in gloves, masks, and proper hygiene when treating you/taking blood, etc?
5) How tight is the security there? Could you 'make a break' for it if you wanted to?
From the response,
The answers to my questions generated even more questions in my mind.
1) Have the medical staff told them about how one of the biggest dangers with N95 masks is during when a person puts it on, does something (like eating), and then puts it back on again--if you don't wash your hands properly after taking it off/putting it back on again you can infect yourself.
2) If they haven't taken blood samples how are they testing the foreigner teachers they've quarantined? Is this simply a "you're foreign" and MIGHT have had contact therefore we're detaining you for 10 days no matter what . . .
3) If people aren't being tested then how does the Korean government think it's tracking the numbers of infected properly?
4) For the foreign teachers who ARE sick--what kind of treatment are they getting? What kind of meds?
5) Has anyone been told they are being tested? And if so, what were the results? Or are they just locking you up for at least 10 days regardless of whether or not you're infected?
And then I started doing more reading . . . see the links below for the WHO's info.
Links to WHO information,
Influenza A(H1N1) guidance documents
I wondered what the guidelines, REAL guidelines, are for what a government is supposed to do when they suspect infected cases in people . . . and found this,
Acute febrile respiratory illness (fever >38°C ) with the spectrum of disease from influenza-like
illness to pneumonia.
1. A Confirmed case of swine influenza A(H1N1) virus infection is defined as an individual
with laboratory confirmed swine influenza A(H1N1) virus infection by one or more of
the following tests*:
• real-time RT-PCR
• viral culture
• four-fold rise in swine influenza A(H1N1) virus specific neutralizing antibodies.
2. A Probable case of swine influenza A(H1N1) virus infection is defined as an individual
with an influenza test that is positive for influenza A, but is unsubtypable by reagents
used to detect seasonal influenza virus infection OR
A individual with a clinically compatible illness or who died of an unexplained acute
respiratory illness who is considered to be epidemiologically linked to a probable or
* Note: The test(s) should be performed according to the most currently available guidance on
From wikipedia's entry on real-time RT-PCR, or, Real-time polymerase chain reaction,
There are numerous applications for real-time polymerase chain reaction in the laboratory. It is commonly used for both diagnostic and basic research.
Diagnostic real-time PCR is applied to rapidly detect nucleic acids that are diagnostic of, for example, infectious diseases, cancer and genetic abnormalities. The introduction of real-time PCR assays to the clinical microbiology laboratory has significantly improved the diagnosis of infectious diseases,  and is deployed as a tool to detect newly emerging diseases, such as flu, in diagnostic tests.
In research settings, real-time PCR is mainly used to provide quantitative measurements of gene transcription. The technology may be used in determining how the genetic expression of a particular gene changes over time, such as in the response of tissue and cell cultures to an administration of a pharmacological agent, progression of cell differentiation, or in response to changes in environmental conditions.